Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

United Way is committed to promoting diversity, equity, & inclusion internally and through our public-facing programs

“DEI” has become a buzzworthy acronym over the last few years. For many organizations, unfortunately, it’s something that’s easy to say and convenient to promote, but hard to execute and sustain.

Authentic advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for organizations and individuals requires commitment, and attention, to learning and education, access to resources and fair paying jobs, cultural awareness, and recognition of mounting disparities between those who thrive and those who do not. It requires tangible action, not yet another “task force” to meet quarterly and discuss initiatives that never come to fruition.

For us at the United Way, that means being thoughtful and intentional about hiring and board nomination practices, the promotion of talent, partnerships, grantmaking, and programming.

Acceptance is critical, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Throughout each initiative, the United Way of Greater Charlottesville values differences, creating an environment that strives to be genuinely inclusive. We are engaged in enriching our cultural perspective and thus, working to contribute positively to the dismantling of systemic racism.

The flowery language and business-speak have to be rooted in tangible goals and steadfast actions. We plan to hold ourselves, and insist that our community and its members hold us, accountable to these goals and ensure we remain on track to create a community where every person can thrive.

To be part of the movement, we have to walk the walk. We urge you to join us.

Full Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Our DEI Work in Action

We demonstrate our commitment to DEI through our partnerships, grantmaking, programming, and initiatives.


ENVISION Radio is a weekly interview program hosted in partnership with NewsRadio WINA 98.9FM and AM1070 that highlights Black entrepreneurs and business-owners as well as government and nonprofit leaders. The goal of the show – which is also available on streaming platforms – is to provide visibility and insight into the unique challenges and success stories that shape Charlottesville’s Black community. New episode every Saturday at 7am on WINA! 


Join colleagues, neighbors, and friends for enlightening and engaging conversations. This annual event brings together experts from around our community to discuss how DEI topics apply to the real world in our personal and professional lives.

Inclusive Excellence

We partner with UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as the primary community lead in a critical component of the University’s 2030 Plan: to integrate Inclusive Excellence – a collaborative model for diversity, equity, and inclusion that has been at the forefront of organizational change in secondary education since 2005 – into the Greater Charlottesville community. United Way awards grants to area nonprofits to offset staff time allocated to creating and implementing Inclusive Excellence plans, along with ongoing support and guidance for organizational leadership.